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Chelsea managed to beat Brentford 1-0 at the Brentford Community Stadium over the weekend, and it was a very difficult game for the Blues.
Chelsea managed to hold on to the lead as the Blues suffered a massive onslaught from the Bees in the final 20 minutes of the game.
With attack after attack, Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy proved why he is currently the best goalkeeper in Europe as he made so many top saves late on to help his team with the three points.
Former Liverpool and England striker Peter Crouch has hailed the performance of the Senegal international and believes that Mendy can help Chelsea win the league this season.
“Thomas Frank had it right after Chelsea somehow beat Brentford on Saturday night, when saying his team would have won that game nine times out of 10,” Crouch wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
“The reason they didn’t? Edouard Mendy.
“I spent my playing days hammering goalkeepers and I’m breaking the habit of a lifetime here by wanting to focus on the excellence of a No 1. Mendy underlines the importance of a goalkeeper to a title-winning side. He is the final, missing piece that could get them over the line this season.
“Chelsea were hanging on and it is one of those games they would have drawn or lost in previous years. That Mendy save from Christian Norgaard at the end was unbelievable, and there were a few more.
“But it is Mendy’s overall contribution that has given them an added calmness since he arrived from Rennes last year. His touch is spot on when dealing with horrendous back passes, he comes and takes crosses with authority.
“Look at all the teams to have lifted the league title and one common theme is trust in an exceptional goalkeeper. The signings of Alisson and Ederson altered the outlook for Liverpool and Manchester City, with both going on to finish top.
“Mendy is a major influence in Chelsea now finding themselves in the mix. There are other factors, of course. You have to be strong everywhere but the margins are so fine that the goalkeeper is often a deciding factor.”